New county budget outlined at June Commission meeting

Property tax rate to remain same as last year

With the onset of upcoming expenses for the county that are on the horizon, many property owners breathed a sigh of relief last week when the County Commission voted to leave the property tax rate the same as last year. Also in the meeting, there were highlights provided for the upcoming budget for those in attendance. Yet another hint was […]

Griffith tepid about Marion County tenure limitations

With the unpredictability of educational spending requirements, teachers often feel ‘disposable.’ A program to help counter that uneasiness is “teacher tenure.” Whereas the is much misconception of what tenure actually provides for the teacher, it is still a valuable and sought after designation. Through the country, the length of time for a teacher to reach “tenure” varies dramatically. In the […]

A House Divided

St. Mark 3:25  “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” The Holy Bible is the most read book in all of history and certainly all of the participants leading up to, and who actively participated in, South Pittsburg’s tragic Christmas Day shooting in 1927 had read the Bible verse in St. Mark, or had heard […]


The Lord called Jerry M. Long, Sr. home on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 after a lengthy illness.  Jerry was born in South Pittsburg, TN and made his final home in Kimball, TN.  Jerry was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Mt. View Baptist Church in Jasper, TN. Before his retirement, Jerry worked at Shaw Knitting Mills as a […]

MARC makes their mark with local municipalities

Marion Animal Resource Connection (MARC) has served Marion County as a premiere partner to local cities and towns in the fight against animal overpopulation and animal neglect. Going on fifteen years, the 501(c)(3) organization has become the victim of their own effectiveness with many misconceptions about exactly what they are and how they’re funded. Though staffed by volunteers, the organization […]

TN bill cutting broadband providers’ tax signed into law

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed an initiative sponsored by State Representative Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) that slashes taxes on rural broadband service providers. House Bill 605 is a part of comprehensive, Republican-led plan to support rural broadband deployment by eliminating approximately $2.5 million in sales tax on fiber optic cable. The measure builds upon recent efforts to provide reliable broadband […]


As the angels sang, the Lord called Mae Edith Hatfield home on Friday, June 21, 2019.   Edith lived her entire life in the Jasper, Tennessee area where she raised her family.    She had worked for numerous businesses in this area as a housekeeper and cook.   Edith was known for her hard work and dedication to each of her employers.    Edith […]

MCHS confirms board member as unpaid coach

*****Updated 6/27/2019 2:14 pm – To include Phillips’ comments******* Marion County High School men’s basketball team has gleaned the benefit of Marion County School Board member Ryan Phillips as an assistant coach for several years. Phillips will now be head coach for the 7AA team for the 2019-2020 season. Obviously, Phillips isn’t accepting the coach’s stipend for the position as […]

Early morning South Pittsburg fire keeps SPVFD, JVFD, KFD busy

********Updated 6/24/2019 12:19 pm – Includes new pictures as well as additional information******** ********Updated 6/24/2019 4:22 pm – Includes historical data about the mill itself******* South Pittsburg, TN – The former knitting mill on First Street in South Pittsburg continues to burn and smolder as fire crews battle the fire from outside. Fire officials contend that the abandoned building’s roof was […]